Thursday, April 4, 2019

Activist Matt Osborne throws an online tantrum upon learning that his deceitful actions to boost Doug Jones via the Dry Alabama scam likely violated federal law


Matt Osborne
If an individual admits to using deceptive social-media to affect a U.S. Senate election -- and then seemingly flips his wig upon learning that his actions likely violated federal law -- should the public know about his mindset, what makes him tick? Our answer is yes, and that is why we are reporting on our communications with Matt Osborne, the "brains" behind the Dry Alabama false-flag operation that was designed to help Democrat Doug Jones beat favored Republican Roy Moore in the state's 2017 special election for Jeff Sessions old Senate seat.

The New York Times, in early January, exposed Osborne's underhanded actions in boosting the Jones candidacy -- and Osborne has since claim he crossed no legal boundaries. When we recently pointed out that a law (18 U.S.C. 371, "Conspiracy to defraud the United States") prohibits interference in a federal election -- and Special Counsel Robert Mueller used it to indict 11 Russian nationals last July --   Osborne responded with a series of blog comments and Twitter messages that hinted he was about to become unglued.

Osborne's communications with us suggest he is frightfully ignorant of federal law and has the intellectual depth and emotional maturity of a churlish third grader throwing spitballs. If you live in Alabama and care about election integrity -- or if you live anywhere and care about who serves in Congress -- Matt Osborne inserted himself into your life, uninvited. So we would argue you have a right to know a little something about this guy's thought processes -- and they aren't pretty. With that, let's dive into our give-and-take with Osborne, who uses the handle "Stephen Miller's Fright Wig" at Twitter. Osborne first claims our post cited no specific law, when in fact, it did:

Matt Osborne sez:
Cite said law. Be specific. Don't just wave the name "Mueller" at me.

And remember, accusing someone of a crime that does not exist may be considered libel.


Legal Schnauzer sez:
I did cite the law. Try reading the post. A law does exist, and you've admitted you broke it. Truth is an absolute defense to libel. On the other hand, falsely calling someone "demented" and "insane," while falsely claiming a journalist reported "falsehoods" all could be libel.


Matt Osborne sez:
I did read the post. I did not "interfere" in an election, I *participated* with a Facebook page, because free speech works like that.

Good luck with your demented career regurgitating Dana Jill Simpson's libels.


Legal Schnauzer sez:
From your hometown newspaper (Florence, AL):

"Osborne said . . . ' You could trigger the viewer to reconsider voting for Roy Moore."

You admitted tampering with an election. Good luck with claiming ignorance of federal law.


Matt Osborne sez:
LOL that describes 100% of ALL elections communications

You are really bad at this whole "making me feel skeered" thing Roger


Legal Schnauzer sez:
From one of your local TV stations (Huntsville, AL):

"The New York Times tracked the page down to Osborn, who admits he created the page as an experiment on how big of an impact fake news sites can have on an election."

Again, you admit intentionally interfering with an election.


Matt Osborne sez:
Sigh. Not only did they get my name wrong, they got the "tracked down" part wrong. I approached Scott Shane myself. Fake news!

Also, I don't see any legal minds (other than yours) saying I did anything illegal.

Melissa Brewer
Since Osborne raised the issue of legal action, I made it clear that two can go down that path. Also, I tried to figure out why Osborne is so sensitive about any notion that a woman named Melissa Brewer accompanied him when they came to our home in Birmingham to visit by wife Carol shortly after my false arrest and imprisonment. Melissa Brewer, whose online profile indicates she is a "copywriter, content curator, and social media strategist" in Washington, D.C.,  wrote at least two emails after the visit to our home, and in neither did she say, "Carol, you have never met me, but I'm contacting you because . . ." or words to that effect. Also, the emails included a photo of Ms. Brewer, and Carol said, to her eyes, it was the same person who came to our home:

Legal Schnauzer sez:
BTW, we have "Melissa's" name in writing. If the two of you used a false name to enter our home -- and entered for ulterior purposes -- you both might have trespassing and invasion of privacy lawsuits on your doorstep, not to mention other possible counts.

Legal Schnauzer further sez:
I don't care whether you're "skeered" or not. You've stated that you did not cross any legal boundaries, and I'm informing the public that you did. Doesn't mean you will be prosecuted, but there are grounds for it -- probably along with your hero, Doug Jones. He surely knew.

Matt Osborne sez:
See, there you go making stuff up. There was zero involvement by the Jones campaign. Your entire oeuvre is an exercise in schizoid hyper-mentation. 
Legal Schnauzer sez:
You never have ID'd these journalists who disproved my reporting or provided links to their work on that subject. How has Jill Simpson libeled anyone? Do tell. Again, Rob Riley never denied an affair with LD (Liberty Duke), under oath, so that's a problem for your theory there.

Matt Osborne sez:
See, I don't *have* to disprove anything. Neither did (Rob) Riley.
YOU have to PROVE your assertions, and so far all you have are unsourced allegations (from Dana). That's not journalism.

Legal Schnauzer sez:
You said you knew journalists who could disprove my reporting, so I'm challenging you to do it. I will take your answer as an admission that you can't. As for Riley, he filed a lawsuit, giving him the burden of proof that my reporting was false, and he couldn't do it.

Somehow, we came back around to Melissa Brewer, still a sore subject for Osborne:

Matt Osborne sez:
HILARIOUS. The only Melissa I know about is the one who set up your fundraiser, I've never met her in person.

But please do keep making threats, they prove my point about you.

Legal Schnauzer sez:
She's the same person who came to our house, and we have (it) in writing. You are lying, which is no surprise for an admitted con artist. You don't have a point about me, other than throwing spit balls, like a 10-year old. Go back to playing with children like Jacob Wohl.

Legal Schnauzer further sez:
You traffic in deceit, you've admitted that. So anyone should believe your statement about Jones camp? Doug Jones might be a lot of things, but he isn't out to lunch, unaware of stuff in his own election effort. No use communicating with someone who is unacquainted with truth.

Matt Osborne sez:
It was not his election effort. It was my effort to elect him. Do you understand the difference, or has paranoia rotted your brain?

No use in talking to someone who sees only what they want to see.

Matt Osborne further sez (referring to the woman who came to our house with him): Nooe. That's someone else entirely. Getting facts wrong again!

Legal Schnauzer sez:
BTW, you know nothing about the sources on my work. "Dana" has not been a source on any of the reports in question. You are drinking from the Jones/Riley cup of corruption. Sad to see how far you have fallen.

Matt Osborne sez:
Well at least I am not melting down in full blown psychosis eh?

Notice that when Osborne has no substantive point to make, which is most of the time, he resorts to calling me "demented," "insane," or "schizoid" -- or he makes a reference to "full blown psychosis." He eventually throws similar attacks at my wife, Carol -- who welcomed him (and Melissa Brewer?) into our home at a time of crisis -- just days after wandering into our basement in the middle of the night, looking for me, only to come upon a messy scene that made her think I had been murdered.

All of this from Osborne, a so-called adult, who not only has no class -- but he's taken it upon himself to sully our federal elections.


(To be continued)

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Osborne's admission that he created a fake Facebook page as an "experiment" on how big of an impact fake news sites could have on elections PLUS (+) Osborne's admission that "It was my effort to elect him (Jones)" EQUALS (=) BIG TROUBLE FOR MATT OSBORNE. Keep up the good work, LS. At the rate you're going, LS, you'll have Osborne talking himself into a federal prison cell before you're done fencing with him. Actually, it looks as though you may have already baited and hooked the lamebrain. If so, add another moniker to the Schnauzer's Skill Set -- Angling For Idiots.

Anonymous said...

I read your original post about Sec. 371 -- the same one Mueller used to indict Russians -- and it's clear Osborne violated that law. Don't know why he's stomping his feet so much.

legalschnauzer said...

@11:26 --

Thanks for an insightful comment. Yes, it's dumb to engage in these tactics without knowing the law, but (to use Osborne's lingo) it's HILARIOUSLY stupid to then admit multiple times that your goal was to interfere with an election.

Anonymous said...

It's amusing that Osborne says, "I was just using Facebook, I didn't interfere with an election," and you produce two quotes from him in the press where he admits the goal was to interfere with an election. Ha . . . ha . . . you been had, Matt.

Anonymous said...

If Doug Jones was stupid enough to hire this clown, he's not fit to serve in the U.S. Senate.

Anonymous said...

Osborne thinks "free speech" allows him to interfere with a federal election? Uh, federal law doesn't work like that, Bub.

Anonymous said...

Osborne provides some of the most blatant dissembling I've seen west of the Trump administration. Hell, this guy would fit right in with the Trumpees.

Anonymous said...

Young Mr. Osborne directly accuses you and Jill Simpson of libeling someone. Making such accusations, which are false, is not a good idea, in my view.

Anonymous said...

I've been keeping track of Osborne on Twitter recently and noticed he's been regularly bashing Joe Biden on the touchy-feely issue. Since Osborne appears to be a Doug Jones mouthpiece, I'm assuming there has been a falling out in the Biden-Jones love fest. I thought they were long-time buds.

legalschnauzer said...

@4:32 --

Maybe Biden's apparent plan to name Stacey Abrams as a running mate, in advance, didn't sit well with the Jones camp.

Anonymous said...

@LS4-44pm- Holy crap!!! Where did you hear that?? If Biden chooses Stacey Abrams, I'll not only vote for them, I'll get out and hustle for them!

Anonymous said...

Osborne probably is addled because Doug Jones is pissed that he got caught. Whether Jones knew or didn't know -- and I bet he knew -- he has to be pissed.

legalschnauzer said...

@5:52 --

I believe Abrams has said she won't be anyone's running mate in 2020, but the Biden camp did float that idea for a few days.